The tension caused from upper back pain can result in nerve interference in the cervical spine creating more headaches and interfering with the nerves that go to the heart, the lungs, the hands & feet, the thyroid (affecting hormones, mood, and sleep), energy, focus, and anxiousness. Again, this all starts from the muscles in the upper back being overloaded with stress, getting locked up and being tight.
How to Treat Upper Back Pain with Elevation Chiropractic
1) Address the issue by assessing the shoulder complaint – this means go see a chiropractor that will examine the mobility, biomechanics, muscles, tendons, and spinal nerve function. With this briefing of the moving parts of the body, a good chiropractor will use their expertise to determine the primary cause of the complaint.
2) Have your spine examined – to see where the specific misalignment is. This can be done through a physical assessment of the spine as well as X-rays. At our office, we utilize both.
3) Utilize proactive and reactive care:
- Remove subluxations by having a chiropractor manually adjust the spine.
- Adjustments through use of an ArthroStim to produce a ‘snowballing’ effect on neural receptors and allow it to transmit more information to the brain with less effort, pain, and force.
- Whole body vibration to activate the muscular-skeletal system and nervous system simultaneously.
- Corrective exercises – for example, if a cause of your upper back pain is the shoulders are rounded and elevated, we want to activate the muscles of the mid and upper back and posterior shoulder to help improve and restore ideal alignment
- Personal adjustments (with guidance) to aid the body in healing and repairing such as proper hydration, anti-inflammatory diet, stress management, specific stretching, and REST.
It can definitely take time for treatment to work and for healing to fully occur. Try to be patient with yourself, as this problem probably didn’t develop overnight in the first place, either. If you are under care, be sure to stay the course and follow your recommendations. Relief will come with time – having your spine assessed and your nervous system checked means your body is able to communicate better and you are already healthier & safer from further injury!
Resources & Further Reading
1. N. Fouquet, J. Bodin, A. Descatha, A. Petit, A. Ramond, C. Ha, Y. Roquelaure, Prevalence of thoracic spine pain in a surveillance network, Occupational Medicine, Volume 65, Issue 2, March 2015, Pages 122-125, https://doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqu151
2. Winsor, H. Sympathetic segmental disturbances–II. The evidences of the association, in dissected cadavers, of visceral disease with vertebral deformities of the same sympathetic segments, The Medical Times, November 1921, pp. 267-271. 3. https://chiro.org/Subluxation/A_Review_of_the_Evolution.shtml